Enersis SA (ENI): Today's Featured Utilities Loser

Enersis ( ENI) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Enersis fell 20 cents (-1%) to $20.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 584,240 shares of Enersis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 625,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.07-$20.35 after having opened the day at $20.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.29. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Distribution and Marketing Company of the N ( EDN), down 10.3%, China Hydroelectric Corporation ( CHC), down 3.7%, Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), down 2.5%, and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.3%.

Enersis S.A., an electric utility company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. It owns and operates hydroelectric, thermal, and wind power plants. Enersis has a market cap of $13.02 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 18 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Enersis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enersis as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Dynegy ( DYN), up 18.3%, Inergy L.P ( NRGY), up 15.9%, GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), up 5.3%, and Delta Natural Gas Company ( DGAS), up 4%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with Dominion Resources ( D) being today's featured utilities sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider Utilities Select Sector SPDR ( XLU) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider ProShares UltraShort Utilities ( SDP).

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